Throughout the state Monday there were parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the veterans who have passed away. For the living there were free meals at several local restaurants.
Fire and Ice Restaurant at Providence Place Mall has been serving up free meals to veterans on Veterans Day for the past three years. This year, they expanded the freebie to include immediate family members as well. Restaurant manager Brian Ahlquist said it’s their way of saying thanks to those who have served out country in uniform.
Rhode Island has lost a sixth soldier to the war on terrorism. The Rhode Island National Guard has announced the death of Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill in Afghanistan.
Sergeant McGill lived in Ramsey, New Jersey but was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. He was assigned to company A 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces. He was killed Saturday from wounds received by small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan.
Senator Jack Reed says the United States needs to send Syria a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Reed’s comments came one day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there was – quote – “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing hundreds of civilians.
On this solemn anniversary, an update on the terrible costs of war, including the toll on veterans’ and their families’ lives, from the Brown University-based “Costs of War” project. The ongoing project taps academics of all stripes to tally up the myriad costs of post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, from the invisible and previously unaccounted for costs to taxpayers to the vastly under-reported costs in civilian lives, economies, and environments.